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Buyer's Guide: Parvo Test

What is Parvo?

The most accurate and thorough canine rabies vaccination is the Snap Parvo Test. This canine vaccination allows vets to determine if your dog has received the very best treatment possible. This vaccination also reduces the risk of death in case your dog contracts Parvo. It's important that you follow your vet's instructions for administering this vaccine. It's also important that your dog receives the proper care once he has become infected with Parvo virus.

Before administering your pet with the parvo test, talk to your vet about recent vaccination or treatment that was given to your pet. Some false negatives result from Rabies vaccine which has been administered recently. Your veterinarian can identify the vaccination or treatment that caused your pet's symptoms by looking at recent billing. The snap parvo test also does not cross-react with less recent live virus infections so you'll have peace of mind in the knowing that your dog's condition is treated exactly as it should be.

Take a stool sample from your pet. Collect it in a clean bowl. Make sure that the stool is not damp or dirty. The saliva coating the bottom of the stool sample is the best source of identifying the type of parvo virus in your canine parvovirus. The saliva coating is sensitive to the presence of the antibodies detected in feces. Once the titer is detected in the stool, allow it to dry in the open air for one hour.

Use a slide to look for any large or distinct clusters of lymph nodes. If there are lymph nodes present, they will be yellow in color. You can see this on a slide when the titer is approximately two millimeters in length. If the lymph nodes are visible, the dog could be infected with either leptospirosis or rubella. A negative snap parvo test for these infections will alert the breeder to the possibility of puppies infected with these potentially deadly diseases.

After the aforementioned steps, you will be asked to bring your puppy to the veterinarian. Bring along fresh fecal samples. Have your veterinarian look at the samples to determine if they contain the appropriate antibodies. If so, your veterinarian will ask you to return and take another look at the samples. This is done in the presence of the kennel club veterinary technician.

Your veterinarian will take a blood draw to determine the titer level of the first strain detected. It is possible for the kennel club veterinary technician to make a blood sample type test with the blood obtained from the stool sample. She can then give you the results. On the other hand, the results can also be given by your veterinarian by means of a skin scrap from the back of the leg. In this case, the scrap must be taken directly from one of the lymph nodes affected by parvo. If the skin scrap is from the back of the leg, it will be necessary to wash the part prior to testing it for parvo antibodies.

After the parvo activity has been stopped, your puppy will need to be immunized. The first dose of the canine parvovirus vaccine is given six weeks after the completion of the parvo activity. A second booster shot will be given two weeks after the second round of vaccination. This third shot will be given approximately two weeks after the final round of vaccination. These puppy vaccinations are critical because parvo has the potential to cause severe illness and even death in dogs.

Parvo is fatal in dogs due to several reasons including the fact that their immune systems become very weak as a result of the infection. The virus also destroys the intestinal lining, making it difficult for the animals to absorb nutrition and nutrients. Also, since parvo affects the digestive system, the animals will suffer from gastrointestinal complaints, such as diarrhea and vomiting. Although the symptoms may not be present at the time of vaccination, it is possible that your dog could contract parvo on its way to the veterinary clinic. To prevent further complications, it is essential that the dogs receive parvo vaccination while still an adult.

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